- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 19, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) | Two Baltimore police officers were shot Saturday by a man thought to be involved in two separate domestic disputes that took place about 30 minutes apart from one another.

Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said that around 10:30 a.m., a 34-year-old Baltimore man forced his way into a house in the city’s northeast side, brandished a gun and threatened a woman.

A half-hour later, police received a report of another domestic dispute on the city’s west side, where a woman sustained minor injuries.

Commissioner Bealefeld said that while an officer was investigating that incident, the suspect - who turned out to be the same man from the earlier run-in - called police on the woman’s cell phone.

The officer urged the man to return to the scene, and he did.

When the man arrived in his sports utility vehicle, Commissioner Bealefeld said the suspect fired at the officer as he approached. The 42-year-old officer, who has been on the force for three years, was treated for a grazing wound and released from a hospital, a police spokesman said.

Within minutes of the officer’s shooting, another officer spotted the suspect’s SUV.

Commissioner Bealefeld said that as the officer pulled up to investigate, the suspect fired numerous shots into the driver’s side of the police cruiser. The 44-year-old officer was hit in the abdomen, upper chest and arm.

Commissioner Bealefeld said the officer fired back, hitting the suspect at least twice.

The 17-year department veteran was in surgery Saturday afternoon, the commissioner said.

The suspect - who officials did not identify - was also expected to survive his wounds, police spokesman Donny Moses said.

Commissioner Bealefeld said officials believe the woman at the first house was the man’s former girlfriend, and the other woman his current partner.

“He has a pretty extensive arrest history,” said Commissioner Bealefeld. “We know he’s been involved in other domestic violence incidents.”

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